Tommy Powell's Reviews > Ex-Friends: Falling Out with Allen Ginsburg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt and Norman Mailer

Ex-Friends by Norman Podhoretz
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Nov 07, 10

bookshelves: history, perspective, u-s-history, literature-western-us
Read in October, 2010

I have begun reading Podhoretz' new biography and I (of course) came across a few references to this work. So...
I it is an easy and quick read -Podhoretz's prose is among the best I've come across- and full of wonderful details about Lionel Trilling (first time I'd heard of him...), Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt (completely changed my idea of her) and Norman Mailer (justified my disregard for both the man and his writing).

One of the best aspects of this book, for me, is the insight I gained into the "Jewish Intellectual Circle" of writers and critics. I also came away with a much better conception of the distinctions between High-brow, Middle-brow and Low-brow literature.
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